Genesis is the magnum opus of world-renowned Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado. To creat his ode to our fragile planet, Salgado travelled to such remote regions such as the Galapagos Islands, Madagascar and Antarctica: places where people and animals still live in harmony with each other and with the natural world. In these photographs, Salgado shows us the beauty of the pristine natural world and makes us aware of the need to preserve our planet.
After crowd-pulling presentations in New York, London and Paris, Genesis is now being shown at the Nederlands Fotomuseum. The over two hundred spectacular black-and-white photographs in the exhibition include images of life forms ranging from whales to tortoises, landscapes from glaciers to deserts, and a variety of native peoples.
Sebastião Salgado (Brazil, 1944) spent his childhood on a farm in Brazil, where his love and respect for nature were cultivated. From a very young age, he was especially intrigued by the major influence of socio-economic circumstances on the lives of human beings.
Salgado earned his fame with riveting black-and-white photographs that draw strength from classic art compositions. His equally aesthetic as shocking images of swarming groups of people in the Brazilian goldmines easily hold their own against the deranged world of Jeroen Bosch. But Salgado is also known as a highly driven photographer who raises major social issues in prestigious projects that are several years in the making. This includes his series of photographs of workers around the world entitled Workers (1993), documenting the loss of craftsmanship in Western society, and a tribute to mass immigration driven by famine, natural disasters, etc. in Migrations (2000) and, most recently, his captivating images of people and nature in Genesis (2013). He continues to produce fascinating books of photography based on this work. Salgado was a member of Magnum Photos from 1979 to 1994.
Would you like to know more about the life and the work of photographer Sebastião Salgado? Watch the TED-talk 'The Silent Drama of Photography' which Salgado gave in 2013 here.